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Hey everyone,

I was diagnosed with genital HSV1 about 5 years ago. The doctor said that because the virus isn't "where it likes to be", most people do not experience any more outbreaks after 3 years.

Since being diagnosed, I have treated any tingling "down there" as a possible OB and treated preemptively. As such, I haven't seen any actual sores since. However, just recently I was unable to do this (and admittedly have gotten lazy) and things went poorly (full OB).

My question is, is anyone else in the same boat with the repeat HSV1-G OBs? If so, do you think that it's related to stress (my life is a bit upside down at the moment) or something similar that you can pinpoint? Do you think it will ever stop?

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Stress is the #1 cause of outbreaks.

For most people ghsv1 doesn't bother them that often, but you will find plenty of people on this website that do get frequent outbreaks with ghsv1. People who don't get outbreaks typically don't need support so that is why you don't see them on this website, just people that it does bother.

I hope you can relieve your stress and get back to normal soon :)


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I have recurring GHSV1 outbreaks, in the anal area, even though I'm on 1 g Valtrex daily.

I have what MIGHT be lichen sclerosis - won't get to a specialist to find out for sure til

September. It's a small patch of scaly skin on one side of my perineum.

When I got diagnosed with GHSV1 it started with a cut-like lesion on the OTHER side, that then spread to this possible lichen sclerosis. It was horrendous.

This patch of scaly skin has never since gone away. I actually went back to my GP recently and insisted she swab it for HSV, and it was negative for types 1 and 2. So she's referred me to an STD specialist, I can't see them until September.

I've since experienced two further outbreaks even though I'm on suppressive Valtrex. One was very mild, the current one is more severe but 50% less bad than my initial outbreak. Both times it started with a small sore on the other side that then spread to the "lichen schlerosis" on the other side too.

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